Colombia to Trinidad -
miles to windward - Nov '02 - Jan '03
This is the voyage that no one is
supposed to make:
With 1,000 miles - as the crow flies - against strong winds and currents,
you actually sail about 2,000 hard and wet miles to windward on this
We had a wonderful sail in our powerful windward-going boat!
Cabo de la Vela
This desolate, moon-like desert region is inhabited by a few very poor
who work hard trying to fish these fished-out waters.
The wind blew about 40 knots here every day.
It's the last headland in Colombia when going east.
There weren't many pictures along
the way on this wet and windy trip.
After stops in the Venezuelan Islands of Monjes (two big rocks, in fact)
and a quick one for a rest (and a pizza!) in Aruba,
we finally arrived in:
Moorings are mandatory at $5 per
day on this Dutch Island.
Naga at ease with a real Dutch windmill, the trusty kayak ready
for a jaunt,
and the laundry hung out. Now, we're ready for Chrissi to go back to
Chrissi did lots of canvas work for her old friend
Melissa who was in Bonaire on her
Christmas in Bonaire:
We fashioned this modest tree
for the event, and then we were gone
again, fighting our way against wind and
sea to the East.
is a large group of
pristine Venezuelan islands
that is also an Ecological Preserve.
We spent a few days.
These photos are of Cayo
in Los Roques
in Venezuela's offshore islands.
Many are complete, right
down to a cemetery.
Isla La Blanquilla
Every fishing camp also
at least one chapel.
is a cauldron of intense class struggle these days, with
semi-socialist president Hugo Chavez locked in a deadly
duel with the traditional rich oligarchy (and their CIA
friends). The fishermen had scrawled some graffiti on
our favorite wall in La Blanquilla, and it left no doubt
about where they stand:
"Don't criticize the revolution! Viva Chavez!"
A fisherman's typically
modest home in Los Testigos -
last stop in Venezuela before we head off for
our last 100 miles or so before returning, finally,
to . . . Trinidad!
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